Caring for the interior of a vehicle is about more than just pride. A build up of filth, dust, and dirt can ruin the upholstery, clog the air vents, and cause other damage. It can sometimes seem a bit daunting to have a clear out if it has been a while since cleaning the cabin of the vehicle.
However, keeping the interior clean does not need to be difficult or time consuming when done on a regular basis. Keeping up the cleanliness of the car on the inside not only makes driving a more pleasurable experience, but maintaining the interior will also ensure the car can assume a better price when it comes time to sell (If you’re already at this stage then The Car Buying Group may be able to help you sell your car in Birmingham). Follow these tips to keep vehicle’s interior clean:
- The best tool for keeping a car’s interior clean and sanitised is vacuuming. It will remove dirt and debris from the floor as well as the seats, but can also remove filth that has build up in nooks and crannies, common in most cars. High-powered vacuums do the best job, especially those with a hose and attachments that will clean every crevice. Visiting a local car wash that has high-powered vacuums can be convenient. If there are floor mats, remove and shake them out prior to vacuuming.
- Most cars have fabric upholstery so the vacuum does a good job of getting rid of most of the dirt, but if there are spots or stains needing attention, simply use a carpet and upholstery cleaner to prevent permanent blemishes. If the vehicle has leather upholstery, a vacuum can still rid the surface dirt, but a special leather cleaner should be used to prevent stains, followed by a leather conditioner to add further protection.
- The dashboard can collect a great deal of dust and grit. While vacuuming can help, a microfibre dust cloth used on the dashboard is the best way to clean. After cleaning, applying a protectant to the dashboard and even the steering wheel can help prevent fading, cracking, and peeling. If the dashboard, seats, or steering wheel are already faded, cracked, or are peeling, it may a good idea to purchase a dashboard cover, seat covers, and/or steering wheel cover.
- Lastly, windows should be kept as clean as possible to ensure proper visibility during driving. There are certain glass cleaners that also have a water repellent formula that can be used on the exterior to bead and help wisp away water, offering better visibility when it is raining. Use a type of rag, paper towels, or even newspapers so as to not leave streaks when cleaning windows. Also, be aware that some cleaners, especially those containing ammonia, may not work well on tinted windows and may also damage heating elements over time.